The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things when it comes to daily life, ECBC is no exception. Check back here for the latest updates on how ECBC is adapting to the situation.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN GOING FORWARD? HOW DO I STAY CONNECTED?
ECBC Church is still a church even though our building is closed for public worship! We are working hard to record and live stream our Sunday services.
Attend Church Online: www.ecbc.org
Time: Sunday @ 9:00 AM
If you miss our streamed Service or you want to catch-up on many of our past messages, click here.
Although life groups and fellowship groups are not meeting in person, we're still active online and meet digitally. If you'd like to join one please email the office and we'll connect you.
HOW DO I ACCESS THE LIVESTREAM SERVICES?
Streams will be posted to Facebook live (on the ECBC Facebook page) and to ECBC.org.
Members can access the stream by going to the ECBC Facebook page
Scroll down to the live view post (we will post shortly before service begins).
Members can access the stream by going to www.ecbc.org
Go to the Chinese or English site
On the top of either site Homepage, click on the link to begin viewing the live stream.
WHAT OTHER EVENTS ARE CANCELLED?
At this time, in line with the current recommendations of the B.C. Ministry of Health, we are recommending that all fellowship groups not meet in-person, but instead use online mediums such as Zoom, 8x8, Skype, WeChat, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, or Facebook video.
Also PLEASE CONTACT YOUR FELLOWSHIP LEADERS for the latest updates concerning your fellowship. These include:
AWANA: Chris Chan (email@example.com)
Youth Lighthouse: Pastor Phil (firstname.lastname@example.org)
YAM ministries: Pastor Chris (email@example.com)
Life Groups: your Life Group Leader
Women’s Ministry: Bridget Lang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Journey Fellowship: Pastor Arthur (email@example.com)
Men’s Fellowship: Ken Chan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Men’s Prayer Breakfast: Pastor Arthur (email@example.com)
Children's Sunday School: Pastor Janice (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mandarin School: 3/14 is the last class before Spring Break, school will reopen on April 18th.
HOW CAN I GIVE/TITHE TO ECBC?
Since we are no longer able to gather in person, we have setup online giving through a number of different channels - including e-transfer, Canada Helps, and Charitable Impact. You can explore these options and more on our "Giving" page.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Christian Community is so very important and this is no less true in this unusual circumstance. We want to continue to strengthen our community at this time!
Connect with each other. People can feel isolated at this time and it is important that we encourage one another in Christ. A phone call, an Email, WhatsApp and WeChat message can make a huge difference.
Pray. Pray for our nation’s leaders, health officials and church leaders that they will lead with God’s wisdom. In Ephesians 6:18 we are invited to, “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Care for our neighbours. As salt and light in the world let us care for our neighbours, with the hope that we have in Christ.
For those who are wondering how to worship through tithes and offerings, click here for our online giving options (this includes e-transfer, Canada Helps, and others).
WHO CAN HELP ME?
We can! Our church office will remain open! We understand this can be an unsettling time for many. If we can pray with you and support you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact our church office (604.438.3222).
Please continue to visit our website for updates and contact your fellowship leaders.
If you think you may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, please contact one of the pastors so that we can pray with you. Also contact your primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1. Also, the Public Health Agency of Canada has set up a 2019 novel coronavirus telephone information line at: 1-833-784-4397.
For more information and latest updates on COVID-19, follow the BC Ministry of health website at https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0086-000499 or the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit their website: http://www.bccdc.ca/
GOVERNMENT RELIEF FUNDS
CERB will open this week (4/6)
Dear ECBC Members,
Just a reminder, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit will open for applications tomorrow (4/6). This fund from the government is for those who are struggling financially during this time due to job loss or inability to work.
Please visit the government website for more information and instructions on how to apply.
If you need any help with the application, please let us know and we'll see what we can do to help.
The BC government will also be giving money to those who are unable to work due to COVID-19. When that fund goes live, you can access it here.
BC Hydro is also offering a relief fund for residential customers. Whenever it is available, you can access the application here.
Finally, if you own a small business, you can see what help is available for you here.
Postponing 2020 Annual Congregational Meeting (ACM)
Dear ECBC Registered Members,
On Wednesday March 18, BC declared a provincial state of emergency in response to the rapidly spreading of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the province. Under the BC state of emergency, no gathering of over 50 people is permitted.
ECBC Board of Directors held an unscheduled meeting on Thursday March 19 to discuss this declaration and its impact on the church's operations including this year’s Annual Congregation Meeting (ACM), which is scheduled to take place on April 26th. Based on the advice of our church lawyer, the Board has decided to postpone 2020 ACM until further notice in order to protect the health and safety of our church family and the broader BC community.
Please be assured that the ACM will proceed as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic ends in BC. As required by the laws, the current Board of Directors will continue to fulfil all legal responsibilities for ECBC till the election of the new Board of Directors."
Let us continue to pray and ask God for His mercy and His protection. Let us share God’s blessings with others by loving one another with God’s love!
Chairman of ECBC Board of Directors
MARCH 19, 2020
Dear ECBC church family,
In this time of worldwide crisis, we are made aware of our frailty and of our deep, deep dependence upon God. We are all in this together. We mourn with those who have recently lost loved ones to the COVID-19 virus and we pray for those who have contracted the virus and are forced into isolation. In II Chronicles 7:14 we read,
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
This is a time for us as a church to pray - to pray individually and to pray together online as ECBC Bible study, fellowship, and life groups. This is a time to humble ourselves, to recognize our need for God; to turn to our heavenly Father and to seek His face. And when we do this He promises to hear our prayers.
On April 10th, Good Friday, we will be remembering what God has done for us through His sacrifice of His Son for our sins. And then on April 12th we will celebrate Easter Sunday and Jesus’ resurrection. Easter is an important time to remember and celebrate the amazing grace of God and the wonderful gift of our Saviour. Jesus has conquered the grave! He has conquered Death itself. Jesus assures us, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die” (John 11:25). Let us look with hope to the life our wonderful Saviour gives to all who trust in Him as we approach this Easter Season.
Below are several updates to the developing situation around the COVID-19 virus that we would like you to be aware of.
May you experience God’s peace in the midst of this crisis.
Your Pastoral Team
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On March 16 the following was issued by Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer,
“We are issuing a new order prohibiting all public gatherings of more than 50 people. This includes indoor and outdoor sporting events, conferences, meetings, religious gatherings and other similar events. “
ECBC Church is following these recommendations and we continue to be committed to maintaining the health and safety of our church family and the broader Lower Mainland community. We will continue not gathering in-person for Sunday worship at our church building. Please be assured that we are carefully following the B.C. government recommendations and have been sanitizing our church building since Covid-19 became a concern.
It is our hope and prayer that soon we will once again be together in-person as God’s local expression of His church. We will continue to update you as the Covid-19 virus situation develops.
MARCH 13, 2020
Dear ECBC family,
As many of you have heard yesterday, in response to the developing situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), B.C. health officials put a ban in place for gatherings of over 250 people. ECBC Pastors, Elders and Deacons have prayerfully decided to follow their recommendations and are committed to maintaining the health and safety of our church family and the broader B.C. community. Therefore, effective March 15th and until further notice we will not gather in-person for Sunday worship at our church building. Please be assured that we have already been carefully following the B.C. government recommendations and have been sanitizing our church building since Covid-19 became a concern.
It is our hope and prayer that this situation will not continue long and we will once again be able to be together as God’s local expression of His church. Please join us in prayer that we will be able to gather on or before April 12th Easter Sunday. Easter is such an important time to remember and celebrate the amazing grace of God and the wonderful gift of our Saviour. We will update you as the Covid-19 virus situation develops.
A Message From Our Pastors
The promises in God’s Word are incredible sources of comfort in all situations and especially in times like these. Psalm 91 begins with these words, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1,2)
God is indeed our fortress in whom we can trust. Draw close to the Lord for He is your strength and your comfort.
May the peace of God be with you all.
The ECBC Pastoral Team